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Old 10-18-2017, 07:09 PM   #1
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I have used a snake box when hunting rattle snakes before, but never owned one myself. After catching a good size rattle bug this past week and wrangling it into a bucket. I decide to make my own box. Has anyone made one, or used any to have some pointers or things I may not have thought about?
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Old 10-18-2017, 08:20 PM   #2
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If by "snake box" you mean a pinewood box coffin to put his corpse in.....
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Old 10-18-2017, 08:21 PM   #3
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If by "snake box" you mean a pinewood box coffin to put his corpse in.....
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Old 10-18-2017, 08:24 PM   #4
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Not No but HECK NO..................
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Old 10-18-2017, 08:27 PM   #5
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They are easy to build, double wall hardware over 2x2's.
Solid latch on the door.
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Old 10-18-2017, 08:30 PM   #6
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I'm sure I have some better pics...


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Old 10-18-2017, 08:34 PM   #7
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Rabbit boxes but a snake box.............NOPE!!!
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Old 10-18-2017, 08:37 PM   #8
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Old 10-18-2017, 08:39 PM   #9
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I just use plastic totes. I know some guys that use old ice chest too....If you don't wanna build a flip lid box out of plywood.
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Old 10-18-2017, 08:40 PM   #10
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And you want to keep it alive why ?
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Old 10-18-2017, 08:41 PM   #11
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I would use very flammable materials.
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Old 10-18-2017, 08:45 PM   #12
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And you want to keep it alive why ?
When I was on the S. Tx lease, a guy used to show up a Ruby's Lounge in Los Angeles on Saturday nights and he paid $6 per pound for live ones. Paid for lots of corn that way.

First time I went there I nearly crapped my pants when I walked by a truck and it sounded like a dozen of them all started sounding off at once.
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Old 10-18-2017, 08:52 PM   #13
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They are easy to build, double wall hardware over 2x2's.
Solid latch on the door.
Exhaust pipe adapter to your truck's exhaust pipe.......
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Old 10-18-2017, 08:56 PM   #14
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Old 10-18-2017, 09:09 PM   #15
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Depends on the kind of hunting you do but we did away with the plywood boxes pretty quick, they're heavy, hard to transport, and need to be stored out of the elements. The cheapest and easiest were 5 gallon buckets, drill a few holes, attach a hinge and latch to the lid, then your good to go. If your picking them up on lease roads 1 or 2 should do, if your going den hunting get several. FYI-- get a line on a buyer or two before you get started, I hear buyers are hard to find and prices are nothing to get excited about.
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Old 10-18-2017, 09:29 PM   #16
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Local wool ware house and buy a wool sack. They work great!
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Old 10-18-2017, 09:29 PM   #17
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Bboswell has one I believe. Maybe he has pics
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Old 10-18-2017, 09:31 PM   #18
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double post. Internet slow at my house.
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Old 10-18-2017, 09:38 PM   #19
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Bboswell has one I believe. Maybe he has pics
I have 2 and will try to get pics tomorrow.

Wal1809 has the same boxes so maybe he has pics.
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Old 10-18-2017, 09:54 PM   #20
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4x4 sheet of plywood cut in half.
2x6 lumber
Two hinges
Rope handles
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Old 10-18-2017, 10:17 PM   #21
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4x4 sheet of plywood cut in half.
2x6 lumber
Two hinges
Rope handles


Pretty much this but mine has a lot of holes drilled in the top for air. Every latch has a second latch so that nothing opens accidentally.
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Old 10-18-2017, 10:28 PM   #22
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What is the purpose? To sell them? Not worth it to me unless they swallowed rolls of $100 bills.
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Old 10-18-2017, 11:52 PM   #23
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I got a snake hoe, no need for a snake box.
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Old 10-19-2017, 01:42 AM   #24
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A buddy of mine has one he made a frame for kind of like a screen door and wrapped it in chicken wire for the flip lid. The only problem I can see with that is if it slid around in the back of the truck and busted the wire then you'd have some get out. He's never had any problems with that happening but it could.

I still like my totes or the ice chest since it's easier to move with one guy. Depending on how many you're gonna put in there and how big the box is those boxes are hard to move around by yourself. In the field a bucket is easier to get a few in and dump them in the box after you get some piled up in the bucket. But a wooden snake box doesn't necessarily have to be huge either for larger individual snakes if you have trouble getting them in the bucket.

Just make your frame and nail the pieces of plywood on except the one your hinges are on since it'll flip open. Put you a latch on the end that flips open so you can lock it then drill some holes in the box so they can breathe and two in both ends to run pieces of rope through for a handle. That's pretty much it.

Oh and if you decide to use a bucket get a screw on lid. That way your hand is always behind the lid when you go to put it on. That's what I have on mine. It's a lot better than picking them up and dropping them in a pillow case. I know a guy that used to do that a lot........lol

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Old 10-19-2017, 05:42 AM   #25
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I had a big holding cage that was 2'x2'x4' I think, Plywood bottom and top with 2"x4" frame and wire like the one in the earlier post. I would use 5 gallon buckets with holes in them and a wire loop for a handle on the lid so I could pick the lid up and put on with the catcher. When I got home I would put them in the holding cage to keep until I could sell them.
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Old 10-19-2017, 07:14 AM   #26
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Old 10-19-2017, 07:28 AM   #27
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4x4 sheet of plywood cut in half.
2x6 lumber
Two hinges
Rope handles
Does it help to use all pine? I know it will ignite pretty easy, without gas or anything.
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Old 10-19-2017, 07:29 AM   #28
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Make sure you use screws instead of nails... had the bottom fall out of one box before. We Looked like a covey of quail scattering.
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Old 10-19-2017, 07:31 AM   #29
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Just shoot em and u won't have to worry bout what kind box or bucket to put em in
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Old 10-19-2017, 07:44 AM   #30
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My snake box.

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Old 10-19-2017, 07:51 AM   #31
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Does it help to use all pine? I know it will ignite pretty easy, without gas or anything.
Lol!

I only use the boxes to store them in. When hunting I Carry a light weight trash can. Deep enough so they can't crawl out and light enough to lug around.
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Old 10-19-2017, 02:56 PM   #32
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A buddy of mine has one he made a frame for kind of like a screen door and wrapped it in chicken wire for the flip lid. The only problem I can see with that is if it slid around in the back of the truck and busted the wire then you'd have some get out. He's never had any problems with that happening but it could.

I still like my totes or the ice chest since it's easier to move with one guy. Depending on how many you're gonna put in there and how big the box is those boxes are hard to move around by yourself. In the field a bucket is easier to get a few in and dump them in the box after you get some piled up in the bucket. But a wooden snake box doesn't necessarily have to be huge either for larger individual snakes if you have trouble getting them in the bucket.

Just make your frame and nail the pieces of plywood on except the one your hinges are on since it'll flip open. Put you a latch on the end that flips open so you can lock it then drill some holes in the box so they can breathe and two in both ends to run pieces of rope through for a handle. That's pretty much it.

Oh and if you decide to use a bucket get a screw on lid. That way your hand is always behind the lid when you go to put it on. That's what I have on mine. It's a lot better than picking them up and dropping them in a pillow case. I know a guy that used to do that a lot........lol


Totes, ice chests & trash cans all concern me because it's too easy for lid to pop open if you get in a wreck
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Old 10-19-2017, 03:17 PM   #33
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Totes, ice chests & trash cans all concern me because it's too easy for lid to pop open if you get in a wreck
The ice chest I've seen were modified in a way. They had latches and stuff to keep them from being opened. I guess I did see one guy that uses bungee straps on his. The totes I have,have the deals on the side that snap the lid shut. I used to use the ones that the lid just snapped shut but I bring the snakes in the house or put them in my truck if it gets cold so I didn't trust those as much.

Never had one get loose except one I had in a bucket with a flip lid. He was under the drivers seat in the pickup. I lost a bunch this year....not from getting out. I had them in my garage and had over 50 then it snowed. It was too cold in the garage and the ones that crawled to the bottom of the pile to stay warm suffocated or got crushed.

I never had any trouble keeping them alive before that but it's a good reason to have more than one box.

If I catch a really good one I keep it seperate from all the other snakes too so nothing happens to it. I've had them bite and kill each other before too so if I'm gonna enter a big snake contest at a roundup he gets his own box.

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Old 10-19-2017, 03:23 PM   #34
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And you want to keep it alive why ?
exactly!
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Old 10-19-2017, 03:23 PM   #35
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Where can I get that guys vest?
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Old 10-19-2017, 05:19 PM   #36
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Thank you guys for all of your input. I appreciate it.
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Old 10-19-2017, 05:54 PM   #37
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Lets see this big rattlesnake you had trouble getting in a bucket if you have a picture of it. It's always interesting to see what other people catch..
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